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December Newsletter: A Look Back at 2016


2016 AT OVLA: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Print by Tony Marostica from Wheelhouse Letterpress

Print by Tony Marostica from Wheelhouse Letterpress

2016 has been a transformative and dynamic year for OVLA. We have continued to solidify our programs and pro-bono monthly clinic, providing much needed legal services to Oregon's creative community.

We also want to express our gratitude for your support--we really couldn't have done it without you--THANK YOU!

Let's break 2016 down by the numbers:

1 new Executive Director. We brought Pollyanne Birge on as Executive Director in September--representing our first paid staff!

14 active volunteer attorneys giving their time in the legal clinic

65+ clients receiving pro-bono legal services through the OVLA clinic

$5,000 OVLA's first grant from Oregon Community Foundation

$35,000+ free billable hours served by our volunteer attorneys in one-on-one legal clinic consultations.

11 public events including collaborations with Portland Film FestivalPacific Northwest College of ArtsPortland Art MuseumOregon State BarRegional Arts and Culture CouncilSecret Knowledge ConferenceVortex Music MagazineMusician's Union Local 99League of Women Designers, and the Russo Lee Gallery.


THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Thank you again to the Oregon State Bar, Intellectual Property Section for their annual contribution. This continuing investment helps OVLA grow as an organization and regional resource.


A big thank you to Immix Law Group for their generous donation of $1,000! Immix has put up a challenge to have 4 more Oregon law firms step up and match their contribution before the year's end. OVLA is a 501c3 organization and contributions are deductible as the law allows.


You can help too! However small or large, please use this opportunity to support OVLA's work through our new and convenient Paypal DONATE button. Managing those end-of-year contributions just got easier!

A SPECIAL THANKS TO 2016 SPONSORS + SUPPORTERS:

Oregon Community Foundation 
The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation 
Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird 
PNCA 
Russo Lee Gallery 
Ninkasi Brewing


SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR 2017

Looking to get involved? Whether you're an attorney interested in serving in our legal clinic, a student looking for class credit or local artists, creatives, business people, accountants, and other art lovers--we'd LOVE your help! Fill out our volunteer application and we will be in touch.


2017 LEGAL CLINIC DATES

Sculpture by Jim Pallas

Sculpture by Jim Pallas

OVLA Volunteer Legal Clinic is an opportunity for artists and emerging entrepreneurs to meet with lawyers one-on-one who can advise on legal issues relevant to the creative community. Sessions are by appointment and based on household/organization income.

Applications are due two weeks prior to the desired clinic date. Click here for more information and to apply.

The Winter/Spring 2017 OVLA Legal Clinics schedule is as follows:

January 13th

February 10th

March 10th

April 14th

May 12th